Our Parents and Families E-Newsletter is distributed each month throughout the academic year, with the exception of December.
The newsletter keeps parents informed about upcoming events, top news, the academic calendar and student activities. Financial aid information and payment deadlines are also included.
What’s more, the newsletter provides parents with tips on how to help their students transition to college life and have a successful collegiate experience. Please keep us up-to-date on your email address so you don’t miss a single month of this great resource. To update your contact information or your student’s, go here and fill out the form.
OneSU: Annual Day of Giving
Every March, alumni, parents, families and friends join together on one amazing day for one amazing cause: to help provide Susquehanna students with the experiences and opportunities necessary to become their most successful selves. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 4, and stay tuned for more details about OneSU and how you can make a difference.
RA Applications & Break Housing
Is your student interested in becoming a resident assistant (RA)? RAs receive a free single room on campus as compensation for their work, as well as leadership opportunities and skill-building through our training and curriculum programs. Applications are due Feb. 21, with RA Interview Weekend scheduled for Feb. 29 and March 1. Questions about the process can be directed to Area Coordinator for Residence Life Danielle Cartwright.
Campus Housing During Spring Break
If your student needs to remain on campus, they should fill out the Spring Break Housing Form by March 4. Residence halls close for break on Friday, March 6, at 6 p.m. and re-open on Sunday, March 15, at 10 a.m.
Spring Break Transportation
Breakshuttle provides shuttle service to New York City; Paramus, New Jersey; King of Prussia, Pennyslvania; and the Philadelphia airport.
We also provide in-house shuttle service to the Harrisburg train station and airport, as well as the Stamford, Connecticut, Amtrak station. (Please note that service to Stamford will be discontinued after spring break.)
All shuttles depart on Friday, March 6, at 5p.m. from the Degenstein Campus Center parking lot circle.
Shuttles return to campus on Sunday, March 15. Departure times vary depending upon location.
Private shuttles are also available throughout the semester, depending on driver availability.
If you have any questions or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Eating on Campus
Worried that your student isn’t making good food choices? Put them in touch with our onsite licensed and registered dietician — Michelle Richard! Richard, who recently celebrated 11 years with dining services, enjoys working with students to find healthy foods on campus and provides education and information on making smart food choices after graduation.
Richard also hosts monthly samplings of healthy food options in Evert Dining Room. Her next samplings will be offered March 25 and April 23.
Contact Richard with questions, concerns or comments, as well as to get general nutrition information.
We offer several healthy options for students with allergies, including our Allergen Solutions station in Evert Dining Room, our main dining hall.
Reminders from Student Financial Services
- Monthly Statement Reminder — Monthly billing statements are provided to students and authorized family members via email. Visit https://susqu.afford.com/ to log in to your student’s account center to review their statement for outstanding charges or to make a payment.
- GO Short Summer 2020 Billing — Charges associated with the summer semester GO Short trips are on the February 2020 statement with balances due no later than Monday, March 16.
- FAFSA – Now is a great time to prepare for next year by completing the 2020-21 FAFSA. If you’re looking for additional funding this year and have not completed the 2019-20 FAFSA, that is available as well.
Office Spotlight: Counseling Center
A useful resource for all students, our Counseling Center oversees a variety of health and wellness programs to help your student cope with daily stress and anxiety.
Partnering with the Amy E. Winans Center for Wellness, the center seeks to create a culture of mindfulness across campus.
Offerings this semester include:
- Weekly yoga
- Koru stress reduction and mindfulness
- Wellness Wednesdays
- Mindful knitting and crocheting
- Drop-in guided meditation
- Alternative spring break programming
- Break zones and mindfulness spaces located in across campus
In addition, the Counseling Center has expanded its rapid access drop-in hours to 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m., and offers traditional counseling services, including:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling, including sexual assault recovery, anxiety, pride and neuro-sensitivity support
- Emergency services and an after-hours crisis phone line
All services are free to Susquehanna students. Contact the Counseling Center at 570-372-4751 or email@example.com for more.
Student Spotlight: Shian Knouse
Shian Knouse ’20 is heeding the call to help the planet — serving as president of the Beekeeping Club and working closely with the university’s sustainability coordinator.
Kickstart the Semester
Here are a few tips from the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) to help students have a successful academic start to their semester:
- Suggest they create an academic plan. Enter dates of quizzes, exams, assignments and presentations for each class in a calendar or planner. Then use the calendar/planner every day and every week to better manage those academic tasks and get them done sooner.
- Consider content tutoring. Recommend they visit the CAA website to see when and where content tutoring is available. Begin tutoring as early in the semester as possible to get a head start on understanding course material.
- Perfect academic skills. If you believe your student struggles with time management, organizational skills or study skills, an academic skills tutor can help! When is the best time to start meeting with them? At the beginning of the semester! Students can request an appointment on the CAA website or just drop by the CAA in Fisher Hall.
- Evaluate study habits. Have your student answer the questions below and then ask “Is this working for you?” If not, then suggest they consider changing what, when or how they are studying. Academic skills tutors can help with this too!
- Where do I study? (Library, residence hall room, common areas, classrooms, Starbucks)
- When do I study? (Morning, afternoon, evening, late at night)
- How do I study? (Reread, rewrite, work independently or in a group)
- How far in advance do I study before an exam? (Recommended: At least five days in advance)
The CAA is an excellent resource for parents and students. Please call 570-372-4412 for more information.
Tips for GO Long
Most of our students are now back on campus for the spring semester, but some are a bit further afield — 100 students are studying in 18 countries through our GO Long semester abroad program.
We know it’s hard to be far away so here are a few tips for parents, families and supporters :
- Be supportive. Adjusting to a new culture can be tough at first, so be ready for a few phone calls or emails from your homesick student. In addition to listening to their stories and concerns, you can encourage them to explore their new temporary home while also taking advantage of the onsite resources available to them. While it may be hard at first, this adjustment also offers a valuable chance for growth. Students return from study abroad with greater self-confidence, problem-solving skills and global awareness.
- Set up communication plans. It is important to establish mutual expectations about frequency of contact (weekly, etc.). Daily contact may impact the cultural adjustment process for your student while they are away. Additionally, be aware of any time differences when setting up your communication plan.
- Prepare for reverse culture shock. Coming home again may also be disorienting. These feelings are normal and temporary. Our required study abroad reflection course offers a great chance for students to continue to reflect on their experience and how they plan to integrate what they’ve learned while away into life back on campus.
GO can be a unique experience that allows your student to continue to grow, enhance their academics, and leverage their skills and marketability to future employers. Your support throughout the process can make a huge difference in their overall success.
Navigating Campus in Winter Weather
As we reach the time of the year when snow and sleet are a common occurrence in central Pennsylvania, we want to provide parents and families with a reminder on how the university handles inclement weather.
The university will always remain open, providing campus safety, dining service and other emergency services for our students. Classes, activities and events will also continue as scheduled except in extraordinarily dangerous weather conditions. The campus will provide information and updates to students through the emergency alert text and email system. Updates can also be found on Susquehanna’s emergency page.
Our facilities department works carefully around the clock to prepare campus for wintery conditions. As always, we encourage students to make decisions with their safety in mind. Students who feel it is unsafe to travel to class should notify faculty members directly.
We are especially aware of challenges for our commuter students during winter months. Commuter students needing temporary accommodations due to wintery weather are encouraged to contact the Office of Residence Life at 570-372-4133.
Dean’s List Announced
Congratulations to those who made the fall 2019 Dean’s List. Students who earned a GPA of 3.40 in the fall are recognized for their academic achievements. See the list.
Global Business Perspectives
Global Business Perspectives (GBP), the class taken by first-year students in the Sigmund Weis School of Business, introduces them to team-based learning and case study research.
The course requires students to do in-depth market research on a real company and culminates with a team presentation to invited business executives, many of whom are Susquehanna alumni.
"GBP is a unique program among undergraduate business programs. Rather than sitting through lectures and cramming for tests like in a typical Introduction to Business class, our first year students are able to learn about the different aspects of business through a more interactive experience," said Theresa Finley, assistant professor of economics.
This year, 32 teams of students evaluated the Post cereal company and made their presentations on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6. Suggestions included celebrity endorsements, partnerships with other companies and charities, creating sustainable packaging, developing a cereal bar and placing vending machines on college campuses.
"This year's groups not only presented their recommendations, but they researched their positions and provided ample support when questioned. That demonstrated a maturity and work ethic that we judges both recognized and rewarded," said judge Kat Snowe '86, information services consultant at PMA Companies.
"Overall, I'm so impressed with the quality of the students that our company is hiring a summer intern from SU this year," added judge Matt Curran '92, senior vice president at Sompo International.
Break Through to Life After SU
The Career Development Center (CDC) is gearing up for Break Through, the annual two-day student-alumni networking conference. Students will benefit from a career expo, alumni presentations and a special session for student-athletes on Friday. Saturday continues with a full day of alumni panels, brunches for female student-athletes and students who participate in Greek Life, an opportunity to meet Susquehanna’s Alumni of Color Advisory Council, a luncheon with alumnae in STEM careers and a student-alumni networking reception for all students who register.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7–8
Location: Degenstein Campus Center
Free and open to all majors in all class years
Remind your student to take advantage of this valuable career education experience and register via Handshake beginning Jan. 27!
The CDC’s spring program calendar will be posted on campus by the start of classes. Please encourage your student to review it and add our Career Workshops, Career Fairs and Résumé Doctor sessions to their calendar. For quick questions, we offer drop-in hours from 2–4 p.m. Monday–Friday, no appointment needed.
Student Financial Services Updates
- FAFSA — Now is a great time to prepare for the next academic year by completing the 2020–21 FAFSA. If you’re looking for additional funding this year and have not completed the 2019-20 FAFSA, that is still available as well. We recommend completing the 2019-20 FAFSA by Feb. 15, 2020.
- Monthly Statement Reminder — Monthly billing statements are provided to students and authorized family members via email. Log in into your Student Account Center to review your statement, make a payment or sign up for a payment plan.
- 1098Ts – The 2019 1098Ts will be delivered via the United States Postal Service to the student’s home address on file no later than Jan. 31, 2020. If your home address has changed, please contact the registrar’s office to report the update. The form 1098T provides the total dollar amount families paid for qualified tuition and expenses during the tax year and is necessary to claim certain education credits.
- Payment Plans — Spring 2020 four-month installment payment plans are still available. Visit afford.comnow to sign up.
- GO Experience Billing— Students participating in a summer semester GO program will be billed in February 2020 with the balance due Monday, March 16.
Spring 2020 Dining
We are always looking to improve our services through interactions with our guests via technology, focus groups or one-on-one conversations at the moment of service. Based off student feedback, the following changes for the spring semester will be implemented.
- A new station called Market 151 in Evert Dining Room will feature build-your-own signature sandwiches daily.
- Options for those looking to incorporate more plant-based foods in their diet will be added to the menu in Evert Dining Room.
- Grain bowls are back at Clyde’s Cafe in Garrett Sports Complex.
- Four-cheese panini is back at Nosh in the Hawk’s Nest.
- Grab & go breakfast sandwiches have been added to Bistro ’58 in the Hawk’s Nest every Sunday from 9 p.m. –12 a.m.
- Restaurant Rotation fare will be introduced at Bistro ’58 in the Hawk’s Nest, with Latin-inspired flavors, a fun twist on roadside favorites and a signature ramen bar.
- Made-to-order smoothies (a frequent request via guest feedback) and yogurt bowls are coming to Scholarly Grounds in the Blough-Weis Library.
- Updates are being made to our website with menus, hours, events and more.
Our goal is to give students value and flexibility with their meal plan. Meal plan holders can use up to four meals each day any way they would like, such as all four at once or spread throughout the 17 hours available each day for a meal swipe from 7–12 a.m., Sunday to Thursday.
Meal swipes can be used at all locations across campus except Starbucks, so your student can eat without having to worry about cash or credit.
The housing process for fall 2020 will open when the housing registration form goes live on Jan. 20. The form will close on Feb. 14. All students should fill out the housing registration form (located on Housing Self-Service) to provide updated information so we can best anticipate housing needs. More information about the housing timeline and our new online selection system will be available to students on the Office of Residence Life’s mySU page.
Malia Simon ‘21 delivered a memorable speech about the impact of her summer studying in Hong Kong at the Cultural Vistas Awards Gala in New York City. Read more.
Celebration of December Graduates
If your student is on track to complete Susquehanna’s graduation requirements in December, make plans now to attend the Celebration of Mid-Year Graduates on Friday, Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.
Although diplomas are not distributed, students will dress in regalia and walk individually across the stage to be recognized. The ceremony also will include remarks from President Green and a faculty speaker. Students, their guests and the campus community are invited to a reception with light refreshments in Heilman Rehearsal Hall to continue the celebration.
It’s Not Too Late To Vaccinate
Although the SU Student Health Center is running low on flu vaccine supply, there are other options to help your student get vaccinated to prevent illness. For students with private insurance, most pharmacies near Susquehanna will administer flu vaccine for free. CVS, Weis Markets and Walmart pharmacies all have the flu vaccine available and can vaccinate students on a “walk-in” schedule (check first for pharmacy hours of operation). If your student is too busy to get vaccinated while at school, please encourage them to get vaccinated with their primary care provider over Thanksgiving break.
If any student does not have insurance or is having difficulty arranging for the vaccination with local pharmacies, we encourage students to call the SU Student Health Center at (570) 372-4385 to explore other options.
Please encourage your student to practice good handwashing and “cover your cough” techniques to prevent the spread of upper respiratory infections. An interactive educational event will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Mellon Lounge from 11:30–1 p.m. to educate students how to prevent illness and stay healthy during this cold and flu season.
Help protect your students from lung injury and illness associated with e-cigarette use!
There have been 2,172 cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury (EVALI), with 42 confirmed deaths. The CDC has identified Vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people suffering with EVALI, and strongly recommends against e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC. Since the specific causes of lung injury are not yet known, it is not recommended to use ANY e-cigarette products.
Please click this link for more information, including tips on how to talk to your student about e-cigarettes.
Important Information from Student Financial Services
Spring 2020 billing will be available on the Student Account Center by Dec. 9, 2019, with the semester balance due on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. To view your student’s statement and make a payment online, visit https://susqu.afford.com/.
If you currently don’t have access to the Student Account Center, please work with your student. They can grant you access by selecting “Manage Account Access” in the Student Account Center and providing your name and email to invite you to be a registered user.
If you are interested in enrolling in a payment plan for Spring 2020, log in to the Student Account Center, or visit https://susqu.afford.com/PaymentPlans for more information. The six-month plan runs November-April (and there is still time to enroll), while the five-month plan spans December-April, and the four-month plan begins in January. All payments are due the first of the month. You can calculate your spring balance using your Fall 2019 charges as a guide or by contacting Student Financial Services.
Susquehanna University partners with GradGuard to provide a tuition protection plan that assists students and their families in overcoming the financial losses that could result from events which force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason. For more information about tuition insurance and a free quote, click here.
2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If you have not yet completed the 2020-21 FAFSA, we encourage you to set some time aside during the holidays and complete it for the next academic year. The FAFSA is available at fafsa.gov. Please keep in mind that it’s an annual requirement to receive federal, state and need-based institutional financial aid. Here’s a great video that walks you through completing the FAFSA.
Many national scholarship opportunities for the 2020–21 academic year begin at the end of the 2019 calendar year. Please check out these websites for more information: https://www.fastweb.com/, https://www.scholarships.com/ and https://www.unigo.com/.
Learn More About Competitive Suffering
You may have heard of all the ways that young adults are impacted by the internet, social media and smart phones. They have instant access to pretty much anything, leaving few opportunities to learn how to tolerate the discomfort associated with the unknown. Now, they are faced with a new form of social pressure with social media posts of their peers’ seemingly “perfect” lives. The result is increased pressure to appear flawless with an inability to tolerate imperfections.
These pressures are, in part, why we are seeing increased rates of anxiety amongst college students across the country. Here at SU, students can experience what is referred to as “competitive suffering” in an attempt to be the hardest working and best student, employee, athlete, etc. The person who puts the most time and energy into their school is somehow seen as the “better” student. When this is the reference point and social norm, it is easy for a student to start to feel like they are not doing enough, especially if they take the time to take care of themselves. This is a particularly important topic at this time of the year, as students are beginning to feel burnt out. This burn out has negative implications for physical health, mental health and academic performance.
If you are concerned that your student might be experiencing stress or burn out, please encourage them to stop in or call the Center for Academic Achievement (570-372-4412) or the Counseling Center (570-372-4751) to discuss time and stress management skills.
Family Weekend Is Almost Here
As summer begins to transition to autumn on campus, we can’t help but be excited for our lineup of fall events, beginning with Family Weekend, Oct. 4–6! We can’t wait to celebrate our Susquehanna families with a weekend of athletic events, theatre performances, special programming and fun activities! View the complete schedule and go here to register.
Time to Think About GO!
Parents of students studying spring 2020 GO Long, please be in contact with your student regarding updates and information they received. Winter 2019-20 students will receive more information during their prep course, which will begin in October.
Students who are not yet signed up to GO (and parents!) can look through GO program options online and students can schedule an advising session. Applications will open on Oct. 15 for summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 GO trips.
Susquehanna rose in the 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The university climbed 18 places to No. 117 out of the 223 universities included on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list!
Encourage your student to download SU Mobile, Susquehanna’s new official app! Compatible with both Apple and Android devoices, the app is a one-stop shop for campus news, events and updates. Students can also view their class schedules, contact departments, communicate with professors and more. Just search for “Susquehanna University” in the app store.
From Student Financial Services
- FALL 2019 - If you have any questions about your bill or require counseling regarding payment strategies or outstanding financial aid requirements, please contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. To access your student’s real-time billing account online and make a payment, please visit https://susqu.afford.com/
- SPRING 2020 – A friendly reminder that payment plans for the spring semester will become available in mid-October, so please keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks via email to you and your students.
Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements: Please visit MyAid with your student and review the “Your Documents” information for any outstanding requirements that could impact the disbursement of your student’s financial aid.
2020–21 FAFSA: While the 2019–20 academic year has just kicked off, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next year will be available starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. We recommend completing the FAFSA as soon as possible.
Emergency Alert System on Campus
When we are concerned about a safety matter on campus, our protocol is to notify students using an emergency text system, called Regroup. All students were emailed recently asking them to check their Regroup profile to ensure we have accurate phone numbers. Students were also informed of their ability to add parents’ cell phone numbers and email addresses to their profile.
Please Note: Parents wishing to be added to the emergency alert system should ask their student to follow the directions in the email.
During an emergency situation, our first priority is the safety of our students. Our Public Safety, Student Life and other department staff members carefully monitor the situation and work closely with students. Although keeping parents informed is important to us, the care we provide to students often leaves us little time to answer parent phone calls during and immediately following the emergency.
To provide you more immediate information, we have created a web page. that will be updated as needed to help keep you informed about a specific campus emergency. We realize how difficult it can be to wait for new information and ask for your patience and understanding.
If your student contacts you with a concern, please suggest they contact their Resident Assistant or Community Assistant. Students may also call the Dean of Students & Campus Life at 570-372-4199 with questions or Public Safety at 570-372-4444 with more immediate concerns.
We communicate regularly with students to help them be successful in their daily living and learning environment. Although we do talk with parents about significant issues, we communicate most often with our students. This practice is consistent with the university’s philosophy of helping students become independent thinkers and decision makers.
Flu Vaccines Available
Flu season is almost here, and the SU health center staff want to help keep your children and the SU community healthy! Once again, FREE flu vaccines will be offered to students. Students can schedule an appointment at the health center by calling 570-372-4385 or by sending a MyGeisinger message. Additionally, several flu vaccine fairs are planned for this fall, including on Oct. 30 in Mellon Lounge. Please encourage your student to get their free flu vaccine as soon as possible!
As we have limited flu vaccine supply, having students vaccinated over fall break would be helpful. For more information, please refer to the CDC’s flu prevention tips.
Celebration of December Graduates
If your student is on track to complete the graduation requirements in December, make plans now to attend the Celebration of Mid-Year Graduates on Friday, Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.
Although diplomas are not distributed, students will dress in regalia and walk across the stage individually to be recognized. The ceremony will include remarks from President Green and a faculty speaker. After the ceremony, students, their guests and the campus community are invited to a reception with light refreshments in Heilman Rehearsal Hall.
SU Employment and Internship Fair
We encourage students from all class years and majors to attend the SU Student Employment and Internship Fair, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2–7 p.m., and free LinkedIn Photoshoot, 4–7 p.m., in Mellon Lounge. We feature local, statewide and national employers, many of whom are SU alumni who are eager to recruit Susquehanna students.
Break Through Career Trek to New York City
Each fall, students engage in Career Treks to explore industries and network with alumni. This year, we will travel to New York City on Thursday, Nov. 7, where students will network with alumni and visit industry employers. This trip is a valuable way for students to learn more about future career paths as well as to connect with alumni who can serve as mentors throughout their college careers at Susquehanna and beyond.
Encourage your student to watch their email and our social media accounts (@SusquCareer) for event registrations. They can call 570-372-4146 to make an appointment or stop by Fisher 211 for “Quick Questions” drop in hours from 2 – 4 p.m. every Monday through Friday, no appointment needed!
Advice from the Counseling Center
We can’t prepare our children for every challenge life will throw at them, but we can allow them to struggle in order to build the resilience that will carry them through those challenges. Roommate conflicts, stressful classes, managing money and juggling extracurricular activities are challenges that are expected. But then there are those other unexpected things, and those can be scary as a parent. We encourage you to keep good faith that you have prepared your students well to make safe, responsible decisions. Continue to send texts and call to remind them that you are still there to catch them if they fall, and that you are confident that they have the skills and perseverance to overcome any of the challenges they may face.
Library Showcases Student Scholarship
The Sandwiches & Scholarship Series showcases research by Susquehanna students. The fall luncheon will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, in library classroom #104 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you are visiting campus or live close by, come listen to the presentations and enjoy lunch. If your student would like to present at the spring 2020 luncheon, please contact Cindy Whitmoyer. A Certificate of Scholarship and honorarium are presented to students who present, and they are designated as “Dalton Scholars” in honor of retired information literacy librarian Kathy Dalton.
Move-In Day is quickly approaching. On Thursday, Aug. 29 members of the Class of 2023 and transfer students will move to campus for the first time. Find full move-in details here.
Save the Date
Make plans now to attend Family Weekend, Oct. 4–6. Enjoy a backstage tour of the theater, see fish, bees, sheep and more at the CEER; take a class; relax; play or watch a game; and meet professors and the people who are educating and supporting your students. The complete schedule will be mailed to you soon.
From Student Financial Services
Fall 2019 Semester Billing
Bills for the fall 2019 semester were due on Friday, Aug. 9. To access your student’s real-time billing account online and make a payment, please visit https://susqu.afford.com/.
Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements
Please visit MyAid with your student and review the “Your Documents” information for any outstanding requirements that could impact the disbursement of your student’s financial aid.
New Student Employment Orientation
The Career Development Center will host an employment orientation for new students on Sunday morning of Orientation weekend. Make sure your student attends if they're interested in working on campus this year.
While the 2019–20 academic year has just kicked off, it’s never too early to mention that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next year will be available starting Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The Center for Academic Achievement is Hiring Writing Consultants
Writing consultants (WC) are peer educators who work with other SU students to help them develop their writing processes and presentation skills. WCs hold interactive, one-on-one and small group sessions across academic disciplines to talk with students about their writing and presentation materials. Students can apply here!
Limited Spaces Still Available for Passport Event!
Thanks to the generosity of SU alumni and friends, the GO Program is holding its 6th annual Passport Caravan on campus in September! This one-day event in the GO office helps students complete passport applications. Passport Caravan participants receive a passport, completely funded by SU, a $145+ value.
Announcements were made to students on mySU, and sign-up information is on the GO Program’s mySU page. 20 spaces are still available – signups are due by Aug. 20. Students must bring required documents to campus for the event.
Career Development Center Launches Handshake
Is your student interested in an on-campus job, attending a career-related event or searching for internships? They should claim their account on River Hawk Recruiter, the Career Development Center’s modern recruiting platform.
Visit https://susqu.joinhandshake.com/login and select the Student-SSO log-in option or stop by our Handshake Launch Party on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. outside Degenstein Campus Center.
We will help students navigate this new portal and are available for appointments. Encourage your student to call 570-372-4146, or stop by Fisher 211 for “Quick Questions” drop-in hours from 2–4 p.m. every Monday through Friday.
Upcoming CDC Events
Munch & Mingle Kick-Off Event
The Career Development Center invites all students to its Munch & Mingle (Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.), featuring food, prizes and interaction with professional staff in the CDC. This is a great way for students to learn about our services. Encourage your student to participate and enter to win a prize!
Largest Career/Internship Fair in the Region
The Career Development Center will sponsor a bus trip to the Penn State Career and Internships Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18. Students can network with 500+ employers recruiting for full-time and internship positions. Many students earn second-round interviews, ultimately leading to offers!
Blough-Weis Library Open House
Please encourage your first-year student to attend the Blough-Weis Library Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 3 from noon until 5 p.m. Students will meet the staff, have the chance to win prizes while touring the library and learn all about the personalized services available to ensure academic success.
Students are enjoying the new Richard E. & Sally F. Caruso Mentoring Center, which offers a flexible, dynamic and high-tech innovation room for budding entrepreneurs in all majors. This new space is accompanied by refreshed technology throughout the main floor. Don’t forget that the library circulates laptops, cables and other technologies for student use in-house.
Housing Selection for the Fall Is Coming Up!
Students received their housing selection numbers on April 8 via email. Rising seniors will select their housing on April 15, rising juniors on April 16, and rising sophomores on April 17. If students have questions during the selection process, they should contact the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com or 570-372-4138.
Student Financial Services Reminders
- Graduating Soon.If your student is graduating next month, please take a moment to review the Student Account Center Portal at https://susqu.afford.com/. Unpaid balances may cause a hold to be placed on your student’s account and remove their ability to obtain a cap and gown, transcripts or diploma.
- GO Program Students.GO spring balances are due; please review charges with your student in the Student Account Center Portal.
- Current Students.Keep in mind that current students must renew their federal, state and need-based institutional aid annually. Please go to https://studentaid.gov/sa/fafsa and file your FAFSA by April 15.
- Looking Ahead.Fall 2019 payment plans (6, 5 & 4 month options) become available in mid-April. Log in to the Student Account Center Portal to get started!
Hiring Now for Student Health Center Drivers
The student driver team for the SU Health Center works to drive students to and from medically related activities (such as the pharmacy), and scheduled and urgent appointments when not in class and after hours, using a university-owned vehicle. Any student who is responsible, respectful, has good time management skills, and is interested in a good salary would be a welcome member of our team. Students interested in a position this fall should apply now on the River Hawk Recruiter website.
Attention: Parents of Seniors!
Please remind your graduating senior to complete the survey he or she received about participating in Commencement May 15. It is important that we have the correct pronunciation of your student’s name, gown size, sash order and other details to ensure they have a wonderful graduation experience!
Also, you should have received an email invitation to the May 14 Baccalaureate in the field house of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex and the celebration to follow in Degenstein Campus Center. These are wonderful, memorable events that we hope you will attend. Your graduating student also received an invitation and is asked to RSVP no later than May 3 with the names of all family members who plan to attend either or both events.
Save the Date for Family Weekend 2019!
Selinsgrove is the place to be Oct. 4 and 5, 2019! While October may seem to be light years away, it’s never too soon to start planning your weekend on campus. Remember, hotel rooms in the area are limited!
The weekend is chock full of musical and theatre performances, athletic competitions and academic exhibits. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to experience Susquehanna and the Selinsgrove community through your student’s eyes. We look forward to seeing you! Stay tuned for details and a schedule of events.
Summer Advice from Career Development Center
As the semester’s end draws near, it’s time for your student to consider how they’re going to spend the summer. The best way to set themselves apart as candidates for job, fellowship and graduate school markets is to highlight relevant experience in their fields of interest. Even first-year students can have exposure to career fields!
How? Help your student consider whom they already know. Is there a family friend or former teacher/coach/mentor they can ask to shadow for a day or week this summer? Recruiters often report that the length of a student’s experience isn’t as important as seeing that a student has made the effort to gain hands-on experience and learn the language of the field.
Support your student in connecting with campus resources such as the Career Development Center to enhance their networking skills and to seek out SU alumni in their field of interest for advice and possible internship or research opportunities.
Have they explored positions on SU’s online job and internship board and looked at helpful information on mySU? Are they having their résumé reviewed by a career advisor? Have they practiced their elevator pitch so that they can confidently introduce themselves to professionals and ask for advice?
CDC staff are available to meet with students throughout the semester and summer (hours below). They can call us at 570-372-4146 for an appointment, or stop by Fisher 211 for Quick Questions hours from 2-4 p.m. every Monday through Friday while classes are in session.
Summer hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for in-person meetings; we can accommodate distance appointments via phone calls or video chat. We will continue to post employment opportunities on River Hawk Recruiter and be available for technical support as well. Have a great summer!
Thanks for Being ONE SU!
Thank you so much to parents, family and guardians for supporting Susquehanna University on OneSU, our Day of Giving on March 1. We had a tremendous day of generosity! Your gift is a vote of confidence in the Susquehanna experience, and we are so grateful. We will share results of the day with you soon.
Apply for Enrichment Funding to Offset Costs
Is your student applying for internships this summer? Do they have to relocate or have a long commute to participate in a great professional opportunity? The Career Development Center encourages students to apply for Enrichment Funding opportunities to offset financial costs.
There are two Enrichment Fund Workshops on Wednesday, March 20, at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. in Fisher 248 (same information presented at both sessions). Students will learn what criteria will qualify them for enrichment funding and how to complete the application process.
Please remind your student of this amazing opportunity.
GO Winter 2019–20 Applications Open March 15!
Has your May 2020 graduate completed GO? Winter 2019–20 is the last opportunity for rising seniors to participate in a GO Short or GO Your Own Way program. GO Short applications are open March 15 to April 15; GO Your Own Way are open from March 15 to Sept. 15. Applications are on go.susqu.edu. Students can also sign up for an advising appointment online.
Reminder: Students traveling summer 2019 and fall 2019 will start their preparations course after spring break!
Major Madness—Help Available
With course registration fast approaching, the Career Development Center (CDC) and the Center for Academic Achievement are kicking off their Major Madness initiative running from March 18 to April 8!
Undeclared students will receive an email instructing them to come to the CDC in exchange for a prize. Students will meet with a staff member, learn about resources and services, explore their major options and be given direction on the major declaration process. If your student is undeclared or questioning their major, encourage them to check their mailbox and stop in the CDC office, Fisher 211, during Quick Question drop-in hours (Monday–Friday from 2–4 p.m.).
Upcoming Student Events of Note
- Greek Week – April 6–13
- SAC Spring Concert – April 13
- Leadership Award Ceremony – April 17
- Spring Weekend – April 25–27
- Senior Scholars Day – April 23
- SU SERVE – April 27
Library Showcases Student Scholarship
The Sandwiches & Scholarship Series showcases research by Susquehanna students. The spring luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 19, in library classroom #104 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are visiting campus or live close by, come listen to the presentations and enjoy lunch. If your student would like to present at the fall 2019 luncheon, please contact Cindy Whitmoyer.
A Certificate of Scholarship and honorarium are presented to students who present, and they are designated as “Dalton Scholars” in honor of retired information literacy librarian Kathy Dalton.
Know Any High School Students?
Perhaps you have one or two at home yet? If so, spread the word. Susquehanna’s summer pre-college programs are expanding again and providing excellent academic instruction, plus an opportunity to live on campus for a week. Check out this year’s options here and below. Registration is open now with discounts on most programs before May 1.
- June 23–29, 2019
- Exploring Legal Careers
- LIFE (Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship)
- Publishing & Editing Institute
- Wall Street Susquehanna
- Wind Ensemble Institute
- July 7–13, 2019
- Choral Institute
- LIFE (Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship)
- Stream Ecology Institute
- Strings & Keyboard Institut
- Wall Street Susquehanna